Make The Move: From Renting To Owning

Real Estate Agent with Texas Pride Realty Group Brokered by HomeSmart Stars TX #0552717

With monthly rent payments on the rise, you may think you just have to pay the increase, or move to a less expensive place. But here are a few things to consider before you sign another rental agreement. If you're letting misconceptions about buying a home keep you locked into renting, ignore these myths and focus on the facts.

You need a 20% down payment to qualify for any mortgage loan product.

-With a Fannie Mae HomeReady loan, the minimum is 3% down (for qualifying borrowers)
-With a FHA loan, the minimum down payment is 3.5% (for qualifying borrowers)
-With USDA and VA loans, you can get 100% financing (no money down) (for properties an/or borrowers who qualify).
-With a conventional loan, you may qualify for as little as a 3% down payment.

It's not worth it if you plan to move after a few years.

It only takes a few years to build equity and only a few years as a homeowner may be more beneficial than renting for the same period of time.

You need great credit to get approved for a loan.

In some cases, borrowers may be eligible for loan approval without a great credit score.

There are lots of factors involved in mortgage loan approval. Credit score is only one factor. So talk to a mortgage lender and get the FACTS as they apply to you.

If you'd like a referral to some great lenders, please ask me and I'll be happy to share some names and numbers. 

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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR
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Comments (3)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Lorrie,
Happy Sunday!  Right on. There ARE lots of factors involved. The only way to find out is to consult a great lender to get the facts based on the individual circumstances.

May 15, 2022 09:54 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417 very good helpful report about make the move from renting to owning.

May 15, 2022 12:12 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thank you for sharing the information.


Buyers and sellers in your area will benefit from your expertise. Wishing you continued success.  Have a wonderful day and sell a house.  bill


May 15, 2022 01:48 PM